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Afghanistan: Taliban reject truce appeal by UN refugee official

A high-level Taliban minister said today that the group would not honour a temporary truce that was sought by the visiting head of the United Nations refugee agency in an effort to bring aid to vulnerable Afghans currently inaccessible in the conflict-ravaged country.

European Commission to strengthen partnership with UN on development issues

In the wake of recent high-level meetings between the European Commission and the United Nations, the EC has taken a step forward in improving its cooperation with world body in the fields of development and humanitarian aid, the Commission announced today.

Security Council briefed on killing of Red Cross workers in DR of Congo

The President of the United Nations Security Council said today that last week's murder of six relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was a matter of continuing concern for the Council, which hoped that the perpetrators would be caught and brought to justice.

Annan submits plan to reconfigure UN Interim Force in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today submitted recommendations to the Security Council for reconfiguring the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to bring it in line with prevailing conditions and allow for greater mobility.

Afghanistan: top UN refugee official continues push for temporary ceasefire

The United Nations top refugee official continued today his mission in Afghanistan, pressing for a temporary ceasefire so that relief workers could reach civilians currently inaccessible in the war-ravaged country.

World Bank President backs proposed global fund to fight AIDS

The President of the World Bank today supported the Secretary-General's recent proposal for the establishment of a global fund to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases worldwide.

Humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone shows signs of improvement: UN official

The humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone appears to be improving, in contrast to neighbouring Guinea and Liberia where there are signs of deterioration, a top United Nations relief official said today in New York.

UNHCR starts evacuation of Sierra Leonean refugees from Guinea's southeast

Twenty-five trucks from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) left the Guinean town of Kissidougou early today to begin the evacuation of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees from the isolated Parrot's Beak region in the southeast of the country.

Monterrey, Mexico, chosen as venue for UN forum on financing for development

Next year's major United Nations conference on financing for development will be held in the Mexican city of Monterrey, a representative of Mexico announced today at UN headquarters.

UN agency to release first ever 'Human Development Report' on Arab world

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it plans to publish the first ever Human Development Report for the Arab region, focusing on the quality of life in 22 countries.